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Why we can’t wait to spend our summer in Dumbo

Will Gleason

In his fascinating study Blue Mind, research scientist Wallace J. Nichols makes a persuasive case for the positive mental benefits of being on the water. Interestingly, he argues that just being near water can increase creativity, reduce stress and bring on a state of mental calm. (It’s an interesting read!) Any New Yorker who knows the head-clearing benefits of running along the waterfront or crossing the harbor on a ferry, probably already knows that this is 100% true.

It’s also one of the reasons that we’re so excited for our new home in Dumbo at Time Out Market New York. When we were deciding where the new market should be located one of the things that excited us most about the historic Empire Stores warehouse was its location smack dab on the East River in one of New York’s classic waterfront neighborhoods. It’s a rare, and very exciting, opportunity to enjoy top-notch cuisine and culture while enjoying sweepings view of the water, bridges and Manhattan skyline.

Like many other NYC neighborhoods in recent years, the area has also been making a strong push to make the most of its waterfront location. Brooklyn Bridge Park, located just across from the market, had a major expansion just last summer with the new, fully landscaped Pier 3. (After visiting the market some upcoming summer afternoon, head down and check it out for yourself. It’s gorgeous.) Meanwhile, nearby Dumbo Boulders outdoor rock climbing facility The Cliffs opened a few years ago, providing a fun option for outdoor waterfront recreation. If you’re looking for something a bit more thrilling than Jane’s Carousel.

Along with being a part of the ongoing waterfront development in the area, we can’t wait to join the white-hot arts and culture scene happening in Dumbo right now. St. Ann’s Warehouse, located right next door to the market, recently a major hit with their darkly revisionist revival of Oklahoma! which transferred to Broadway this spring. And the weekly, incredibly fun outdoor concert series Live at the Archway! is celebrating its five year anniversary this summer, along with the ten-year anniversary of the majestic, renovated Dumbo archway. (Which has surprisingly amazing acoustics.)

When it comes to visual art, our courtyard installation of one of Tom Fruin’s striking multicolor glass houses is joining not only the thriving gallery scene in the area, but this summer’s major Public Art Fund piece Bridge Over Tree. Just a short walk from the market, under the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge, the groundbreaking work from Iranian artist Siah Armajani combines architecture and sculpture to echo the forms of bridges, skyscrapers and barriers in an interactive way that’s sure to spark your imagination.

It’s an exciting time to be in one of the city’s most historic neighborhoods, and we can’t wait to be a part of it. We hope you'll join us soon to clear your head and have some fun right on the waterfront.


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